- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (July 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118502140
- ISBN-13: 978-1118502143
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Introduction to Modern Cosmology 3rd Edition
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An Introduction to Modern Cosmology Third Edition is an accessible account of modern cosmological ideas. The Big Bang Cosmology is explored, looking at its observational successes in explaining the expansion of the Universe, the existence and properties of the cosmic microwave background, and the origin of light elements in the universe. Properties of the very early universe are also covered, including the motivation for a rapid period of expansion known as cosmological inflation. The third edition brings this established undergraduate textbook up-to-date with the rapidly evolving observational situation.
This fully revised edition of a bestseller takes an approach which is grounded in physics with a logical flow of chapters leading the reader from basic ideas of the expansion described by the Friedman equations to some of the more advanced ideas about the early universe. It also incorporates up-to-date results from the Planck mission, which imaged the anisotropies of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation over the whole sky. The Advanced Topic sections present subjects with more detailed mathematical approaches to give greater depth to discussions. Student problems with hints for solving them and numerical answers are embedded in the chapters to facilitate the reader’s understanding and learning.
Cosmology is now part of the core in many degree programs. This current, clear and concise introductory text is relevant to a wide range of astronomy programs worldwide and is essential reading for undergraduates and masters students, as well as anyone starting research in cosmology. Supplementary material, including full-colour images, updates and links for students and instructors, is available on the author’s website:
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Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, UK
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The book derives the Friedman Equation (the basic equation of cosmology) non-relativistically, then solves and briefly analyzes its implications for the radiation, then matter dominated, universe we live in. It also works its way backward in time toward the beginning Big Bang.
I did ok understanding and solving the problems for chapters 1-10 which dealt with: Ch1-Cosmological Ideas, Ch2-Observational Overview, Ch3-Newtonian Gravity, Ch4-Geometry of the Universe, Ch5-Simple Cosmological Models, Ch6-Observational Parameters, Ch7-The Cosmological Constant, Ch8-Age of the Universe, Ch9-Density of the Universe, Ch10-The Cosmic Microwave Background.
The author's mathematics in Ch11-The Early Universe, was hard to follow and problems seemed to assume more background knowledge than presented in the chapter. The mathematics in Ch12-Nucleosynthesis, was also difficult requiring a background course in nuclear physics to fully understand. Ch13 Inflation, was interesting and basically understandable. Ch14-The Initial Singularity, was presented in a general way, probably because the mathematics was beyond the scope of this book. Ch15-Final Overview, gave a nice summary.
These chapters are followed by 5 Advanced Topic chapters: 1.General Relativity, 2.Distances and Luminosities, 3.Neutrino Cosmology, 4.Baryogenesis, 5.Structures. All of these require advanced knowledge in cosmology and General Relativity and were beyond my reach (at this time, anyway).
I found the book to be very interesting. Perhaps more problems at the end of the chapters would have been useful in developing better understanding of the important equations and their implications. More problems rated "easy" to "hard" as some book do would be nice with not just answers, but maybe some solutions available. This would have helped a lot for a person like me doing a self study of the topic. It for sure stimulated my interest in perhaps getting another book on the topic.